After months of teases and release dates that went by with nothing, Kanye West’s ode to his late mother Donda – has arrived.
Donda was teased on July 19 and then again with a Beats ad starring American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson on July 20. West then held two listen parties at Mercedes-Benz stadium, streamed via Apple Music.
The next listen party occurred at Solider Field in Chicago. Kanye West took the stage nearly two hours late for his listening party, which recreated his South Shore home. Standing beneath a replica of that home, which was topped with a cross, West was joined by Marilyn Manson, who’s currently facing multiple sexual assault charges, and DaBaby, who received backlash this summer for homophobic comments. Also there were some of West’s creative cohorts: Westside Gunn, Don Toliver and Travis Scott.
Kanye has finally released the 27 track album on Sunday the 29th August at 8AM EST. He may have chosen today due to Sunday having religious connotations.
The messy album rollout is taken to the next level when you remember that West previously promised and failed to deliver Donda over a year ago on July 24, 2020, under the previous title DND: WTH CHLD.
Earlier today, Kanye posted messages between him and his manager, regarding Da Baby and his own manager, who wouldn’t clear his work on ‘Jail’. At this point in time, that specific single is not available on Spotify. With it likely coming once all is sorted with Da Baby.
Kanye West has gathered an all star feature list for Donda including the likes of JAY-Z, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby, The Weeknd, Travis Scott and several others. While he has some serious star power and talent throughout the album, no collaborators are featured. This may be as it was rushed to stores, or just Kanye not wanting any other names in the tracklisting.
There are many other notable names found in the credits outside of vocal contributions such as Gasaffelstein on ‘Jesus Lord’ and ‘No Child Left Behind’ as well as Mike Dean who was of course involved with almost all production of the album.
The album ‘Donda‘, is named after Kanye’s late mother who died back in 2007. Donda marks the rapper’s tenth studio album and his first since 2019’s, Jesus Is King. Kanye has revealed in the past that a Jesus Is King sequel with Dr. Dre was “coming soon”...